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Governor Beshear, Lt. Governor Coleman, President Stivers, Speaker Osborne, and Other Elected Leaders Join Hundreds of Youth and Advocates for the 16th Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 FRANKFORT, KY – Hundreds of Kentuckians from across the Commonwealth, including dozens of children and youth, are convening in Frankfort today for the 16th annual Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol. They are urging elected leaders to support the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children, a unified agenda for child advocates across the state. “Today, youth, social workers, faith leaders, teachers, pediatricians, child care providers, community leaders, and many others unite to ask our state [...]

Statement on Beshear Administration’s Court Petition on Kentucky’s System of Pretrial Release

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates In Kentucky, 13 percent of children have had a parent separated from them due to incarceration – the 2nd highest rate in the nation. Parental incarceration not only causes instability and trauma for children, but also creates a heavy financial burden for the family left behind from loss of income and any accumulating legal fines and fees. Children experiencing [...]

By |2020-02-13T16:17:47-05:00January 22nd, 2020|Justice, News Room|

Statement on Mayor Fischer Lawsuit Against E-cigarette Maker Juul

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Louisville, KY – Kids in Louisville have always been able to count on Mayor Greg Fischer as a leader with a heart and a backbone. He and Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell showed their commitment to kids again today by joining a landmark lawsuit against Juul, the United States’ largest manufacturer of e-cigarettes. The powerfully negative impact that [...]

By |2020-01-15T14:58:40-05:00January 15th, 2020|Health, News Room|

Statement on SB 56 Passing Senate Health & Welfare Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates In the midst of the youth vaping epidemic in Kentucky and on the heels of recent federal changes to combat it nationally, we applaud Senator Ralph Alvarado for championing Senate Bill 56, which seeks to codify in state law the minimum legal sale age of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, from 18 to 21. We also commend Senator Alvarado [...]

By |2020-01-15T11:07:31-05:00January 15th, 2020|Health, News Room|

Statement on Governor Andy Beshear’s State of the Commonwealth Address

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates We agree with Governor Andy Beshear that every vulnerable child is a critical priority for all of us. In fact, every child is a critical priority because in every child lies a promise and a potential. Much of what the Governor said this evening in his first state of the Commonwealth address echoes the core foundations of the [...]

Attorney General Cameron Joins Partners in the Kosair Charities Face It Movement for Press Conference on Child Abuse Prevention and Prosecution

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org LOUISVILLE, KY (January 7, 2020) – Kentucky has the highest rate of child victims of abuse and more than double the national rate. Today, with partners in the Kosair Charities® Face It® Movement, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron shared his office’s commitment to helping end child abuse in the Commonwealth. “Child abuse exploits the innocence of youth and robs our children of the security and safety they desperately need [...]

By |2020-01-07T11:23:10-05:00January 7th, 2020|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement on Leader McConnell Securing Tobacco-Free Youth Act in Federal Fiscal Year 2020 Agreement

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates We applaud U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for securing the Tobacco-Free Youth Act in the federal Fiscal Year 2020 Agreement to raise the minimum legal sale age of tobacco products across the country, including e-cigarettes, from 18 to 21. This bipartisan legislation, known as Tobacco 21 and sponsored by Leader McConnell and Senator Tim Kaine, would have a [...]

By |2019-12-17T10:27:43-05:00December 17th, 2019|Health, News Room|

Statement on Governor Beshear’s Announcement to Rescind Kentucky’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Louisville, KY – Today Governor Andy Beshear signed an executive order to rescind the 1115 Medicaid Waiver, known as Kentucky HEALTH. This rescission further protects families from the potential negative impacts of premiums, work requirements, lockout periods, and classified dental and vision benefits as earned benefits. Parents’ health – and access to health insurance – affects the health and [...]

By |2019-12-16T16:44:19-05:00December 16th, 2019|Health, News Room|

Statement on Governor-Elect Beshear Announcement on CHFS and Justice Cabinet Secretaries

Today’s announcement of new leadership for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Justice Cabinet is no small matter for kids in Kentucky. There are perhaps no two positions more vital when it comes to child well-being. We applaud Governor-elect Beshear for naming two outstanding leaders today. We look forward to working with Secretary Mary Noble to enact family-focused reform of the criminal justice system. Thirteen percent of Kentucky kids have had a [...]

2019 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book: A Holistic Look at Child Well-Being

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 Louisville, KY – The 2019 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book offers the latest data on 17 measures of child well-being, showing whether outcomes for children across the commonwealth have improved, worsened, or stayed the same over a five-year period. Detailed data is available for every Kentucky county at www.kyyouth.org/kentucky-kids-count/. “More than 1 million children in Kentucky are relying on all of us—from the statehouse to your house—to put [...]